As a young woman, there are many female celebrities and public figures I look up to for various reasons, from Tracee Ellis Ross, Oprah Winfrey, and Michelle Obama to Lana Condor, Claudia Sulewski, and Yara Shahidi (honestly, I could probably write a whole book about all the women who serve as public figures, influencers, musicians, actresses, etc. that I look up to).
However, there are several other women and young girls I admire whose names aren’t well known. This page if for me to honor them; they are hidden gems that need to be recognized for simply being their empowering, amazing, inspiring selves.
Urban Dictionary defined a gem as “something amazingly beautiful, nearly perfect, or ridiculously incredible.” The hidden gems I look up to match that definition precisely. At the beginning of each month, I will update this page with a new hidden gem that I think the world needs to know about. I ask each gem ten questions during an interview, so she can be recognized for who she is. Without further ado, here is this month’s not-so-hidden gem.
With the Corona Chaos, any plans I had for this beautiful Hidden Gem were kind of nipped in the bud. Now that school is over, I think I can figure something out.
Until that solution comes, I thought I would spend May briefly talking about a woman I do not know personally, unlike the other Hidden Gems, but still needs to be honored because she is absolutely phenomenal.
The Katy B is Katy Bellotte, a person I deem the creativity queen. She is a graphic designer, YouTuber, podcaster, free lancer, and ultimate girl boss who gives out the best advice. Katy Bellotte Designs is her free lancing, graphic design business, and Thick & Thin is her podcast. I am currently binge listening her podcast episodes and am no where near catching up, but these aresome of my favorite so far: “What was I thinking?!” “The truth about my life in New York” “It’s ghosting season” (this one hits different) and “When life isn’t pretty & perfect.”
The titles alone should be reason enough for you to check out her podcast. The episodes are less than an hour, and it feels like you’re just talking to a close friend.
Under the channel name “HelloKaty,” she has amassed over 470 thousand subscribers, where she makes beautiful content.
In my head, she’s the big sister I’ve never had and always wanted, especially since she’s also from the East Coast. We have similar morals and values while also being different (she likes martinis and margaritas, and my alcohol consumption goes as far as White Claws).
Katy Bellotte has all my respect, and I am so happy to be alive during her time. She is an absolute gem and worthy of all the recognition.
Do you know a woman or young girl empowering others and providing light to the world? If so, I would love to hear about her. It’s time for women to uplift women, and I would love to read about a woman uplifting you. If you think she’s someone worth being featured on this page, let me know. I would love to interview her.